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2011 Recap – What a year!

By: Megan Mosby, Executive Director

What a year!

Busy is busy, but last year was off the charts. Here's a quick look at our some of our accomplishments.

This information is from the reports of Education Scheduler, Max Bessler.

In 2011, we attended 488 community events. At those events, we presented 720 programs to an audience of 74,839.

We presented 916 hours of scheduled programs and spent an additional 796 hours and traveling to and from Liberty to those programs (this does not include the travel time from and to each volunteer's home.)

We traveled 21,128 miles to and from programs just from Liberty (this does not include the mileage from and to each volunteer's home.)  This equates to traveling around 85% of the globe at the equator (24,990 miles) or 2 round trips from Phoenix to Paris (21,880 miles) or almost 30 round trips from Phoenix to San Diego (21,240 miles).

From our Animal Care Department the following information reveals the animal contacts for the year:

The 2011 log books number 3372 native animals assisted, and over 500 non-native animals were sent through our facility. The native species number 133 and is the most extensive list we have had so far.

Click here to see the list of native species.

And that is only part of what we do!

Dancing cranes are winter visitors / Secondary poisoning
Arriving Sandhill Cranes

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

Being large and loud and congregating in great numbers, sandhill cranes are a reassuring target for novice bird-watchers. In fact, tens of thousands of sandhill cranes flock to wetland resting areas in Southeast Arizona during their long migratory journey. Drive to Whitewater Draw in January or February, head on out to the viewing platforms in the afternoon and you will see cranes.

Click here to read more.
Toxic Solution

By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

Pest control poisons are often people's "go to" response when confronted with animal infestations, whether it's insects in the kitchen, rats in the shed, or rabbits in the garden. Poisons do one thing: kill. What makes them so popular isn't just their efficiency at killing, but also their ease of use.

Click here to read more.
Barn Owl Rictals

By: Claudia Kirscher

Avian feathers are some of the most fascinating and complex adaptations in the animal kingdom. There are many different types of feathers, adapted for specialized roles, including contour feathers, flight/wing feathers, down feathers, and bristles.

Click here to read more.

By: Carol Suits, Volunteer Coordinator

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Check out these kid-friendly links about the topics discussed in this month's
Nature News!

All About Birds - Sandhill Crane
Nat Geo Wild - Sandhill Crane - With audio of call
Jigsaw puzzle with good shot of rictal bristles
Video of Sandhill Crane migration to SE Arizona
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